Terry Head was the Vice President of the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers in 2019, and a Director from 2016 to 2019. Terry was active in the handbell community as a director, conductor, clinician, educator, and performer. Tragically on the night of November 18, 2019, a leading light in the handbell world was taken from us. Terry was a thoughtful, caring, authentic, faithful person who is dearly missed. He was loved and respected wherever he played his song. This memorial fund is dedicated to his memory.
Another Carol of the Bells
for Terry Head, in memoriam
All the notes of our distress
tempered and alloyed, to press
their ancient clamour on the ear
with all that would insist on fear,
and all our sorrows, settle in
to listen, when the bells begin.
Somehow in their light-hearted sound
lifted for a roundelay
cares fall, released, each time bells play.
Then memory glides past random tears
alive with what remains most dear
rebuilt inside us, from such air
as clappers striking send like prayer
to soften our forgetful pace
calling us once again to grace.
We’d lost touch. Then bells play
and reassert our rise from clay.
What’s in their notes? I scarcely know
how to tell what carols show
rising on their pulsing air
to work where we most need repair,
but music bearing into sound
such rounded joy as brass has bound
inside its gathered mouths, can sing:
Look, start again at everything
you feel still matters. For the rest?
Understand you did your best.
Who’s to say you failed to raise
whatever deal you had with praise?
Oh here is praise, so roundly held
within a gloved and ringing hand
not clenched to battle for decay
but deftly to enhance the day!
So recollect that all is well
ring out the circle of your bell
too often mute inside your chest
and let your sounded note give test
to what you hold so secret there.
God dreams for you. Your jewel’s rare.
Remember, and be reassured:
intentions from the heart are pure.
Now rest your thoughts, and help chimes play
the words we all forget to say,
and see your doubts revoke at last
insistent wintry inner blasts –
among green hills and blooming dells
swung forth by players of the bells.
Note: We will be taking initial applications for the memorial fund in September, 2021.
Criteria to apply for the Terry Head Memorial Fund